obama said what?

President Obama on Thursday urged his Republican adversaries to view the end of the government shutdown and debt ceiling battles of recent weeks as new opportunities for bipartisan compromise in the weeks ahead.

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Maybe I’m still a bit bitter about this whole government shutdown but if what President Obama was looking for throughout this shutdown was bipartisan compromise, then why did him and his party refuse to compromise? They may have said they were willing but actions speak louder than words and throughout the entirety of the shutdown, all Democrats demanded was a ‘clean bill’ – meaning a bill that fit everything they wanted and nothing the Republican party had expressed an interest in.

“You don’t like a particular policy, or a particular president, then argue for your position,” Mr. Obama said in the 15-minute statement.

President Obama

I would really appreciate the opportunity to meet President Obama’s speech writer. Who would write such a remark and then write only moments later for the President to chide Republicans for adopting a strategy of ‘brickmanship’ that delayed any type of compromise. Someone in President Obama’s arsenal and President Obama himself were very clearly absent for a majority of the shutdown. The Republican party held true to their needs in the budget, they asked for compromises and were met with roadblocks enforced by President Obama – so, why are they getting chided?

In all honesty, his entire speech gave me the heebie jeebies. From blaming Republicans for the shutdown to saying our party has seriously undermined the United States economy more than anyone else in the last few years is absurd. Really, hello, cash for clunkers? Was that not an epic failure that undermined the economy just a tad? And our national debt? Hasn’t that increased more under President Obama than under previous Presidents? Yes, yes it has.

To me, in sounds like President Obama is living in fantasy land. Too bad we have three more years to put up with that fantasy land. Oi.

the internal memo that should be making rounds in the news media.

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I came across this memo via Facebook. A friend of mine posted it and it happened to catch my eye. At first, I thought it was one of those memo’s being circulated by skeptics and conspiracy theorists. However, it’s not. This memo was circulated among the United States Airline Pilots Association and the sometimes laughable TSA. I suggest taking a gander at the memo and accompanying article. If you’re a frequent flyer, it is quite jarring.

republican problems.

government_shutdownToday, I’ve got ’em. On October 2, 2013… I have heaps and heaps of Republican problems. Nearly 48 hours ago the government was shut down. Shut down? I know, I almost didn’t believe it either. Then, I recalled that the same thing came close to happening last year. The general liberal media consensus is that the Republican party is having problems that can be explained rather easily by the following phrase: smart for one, dumb for all. What a loaded generalization.

Historically, the government has shut down more than a dozen times since the 1970’s. This time, the Republican party is being harshly blamed. Media has taken to calling the Party a terrorist organization – kind of insulting. If you Google Republicans Shut Down Government right now, Google will tally upwards of 765 million results. What the media and public seemed to have missed is the following:

  • House Republicans have tried to negotiate with Democrats – it’s just every one of their efforts have been met with an attitude that screams Democrats want all or nothing. How do you negotiate with that?
  • Within the first twenty-four hours of the shutdown, House Republicans did try to reopen certain parts of the government. Their effort was met with a swift Democratic rejection and a ‘We don’t negotiate!’ attitude.
  • President Obama doesn’t want to get involved. Despite his press conferences and trip cancellations – what measures did he take to prevent a shutdown? Has he tried to end the shutdown? Aside from accusing House Republicans of a laundry list of terrible things, he has done nothing.

All of this has led to my having a day brimming with Republican problems – my Republican problems caused by the Democratic party.

are you one too?: an introduction.

Conservative, Republican, Tea Partier – they’re all dreadful words when they arise in social conversation. They’re the words you say when you would like to laugh at politics and how supposedly deceitful they have become. Those words are near jokes. It makes it unfortunate that those words represent political affiliations – especially when they represent an affiliation that you affiliate yourself with. Not that I am a Tea Partier but when someone starts rambling about Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann? My mind starts silently going, ‘Shit, shit, shit.’ It’s not that I don’t agree with some of their politics or don’t like their personalities – let’s be honest, Sarah Palin would probably make a lovely friend – it’s just that they’ve given us Republican minded folk a relatively bad name. Now, when political discussion arise, I am forced to keep my Republican biased mouth mum because if I don’t, I am often told that my politics are just bullying tactics. But, are they?

Early Republican ideology, 19th Century to be quite exact, founds its base through the following slogan: “free soil, free labor, free speech, free men.” Catchy, right? The Party was a firm believer that of containing and eradicating slavery – recognizing that those states without slavery, but instead free men, saw greater economic prosperity. ‘Murica.

The 20th Century found the Republican party favoring businesses. Then there was trust busting and all those new deals and old deals, first deals and second deals. After that came the Bush family – the demise of being able to be a Republican openly and publicly. But please remember, before that came President Reagan who to this day finds his ways through the polls as the most liked United States President thus far.

Then, came now – the 21st Century. The 21st Century being the heyday of supposed crazies like John McCain, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Chris Christie, etc. etc. One was a crazy POW, one a woman who could see Russia from her home, the next a man who read Dr. Seuss in an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, the next a man from Texas who I can’t recall anything specific about, the 1% guy, the large waisted bully who never changes his fleece and all the other ones who have been decidedly labeled as stupid and mean.

During the 2012 election, I had a hard time juggling my political beliefs with my social politeness. When you have acquaintances so entrenched in the Obama culture that they find anyone with opposing beliefs to be “uneducated”, as they say, it becomes rather difficult to remain polite. I would like to think that with a Bachelor’s degree from a well respected University known for its Political Science department… I am kind of educated and kind of know what I’m talking about. But, alas, apparently I did not and my decided reaction to those who made that statement was to politely tell them to piss off.

History shows the Republican party as a kind political party, focused on maintaing the foundation of America. Today, it seems to be popular opinion that Republicans are waging a war on the social welfare of American citizens and have an ‘out to get you!’ attitude. Politely, I disagree. Nonetheless, this has led to a problem… Being a Republican is no longer a pretty thing. Me, being a registered Republican, is a political affiliation that when I share it, is often met with a grimace. These grimaces represent what I would like to affectionately call: Republican Problems.